Monday, May 30, 2011

Feeling Full with Fewer Calories

Another food eating tip article...Gotta love these!

Feeling Full with Fewer Calories
Feeling full and satisfied after eating a meal is important but is often difficult when pursuing a low calorie diet in an attempt to lose weight. One option is to pick foods that have a low energy density. These are foods that are low in calories, so you can eat larger quantities to help you feel full after a meal.
One of the best places to start your search for low energy density foods to add to your diet is the produce section of any good grocery store in the Beverly Hills area. Many veggies are low in energy density, so you can eat a satisfying portion without going over your calorie allotment. For instance, a cup of grapes has about 100 calories, which makes for a satisfying and healthful snack. Some other low energy density foods include:
  • Fresh or frozen fruit. Apples, mangoes, blueberries and other fruits have high water content, so they are low in calories. Avoid dried fruit and canned fruits that are packed in heavy syrup. Because dried fruit is so dense, it packs a lot of calories per serving, which can have a negative impact on your weight loss plan.
  • Vegetables. Raw veggies are great in a salad dressed with lime juice or balsamic vinegar. Try them grilled or roasted for a flavorful change of pace. Be careful when adding sauces. Many are high in fat, which increases the calorie count significantly.
  • Whole grains. Because of their high fiber content, whole grains help you feel satisfied for longer with lower quantities.
  • Lean proteins. Foods like skinless chicken breasts, fish, and legumes such as lentils are filling without adding too much fat. Add flavor with other low fat and low calorie options such as salsa or hot sauce.


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